Bangalow designers market will be hub for artisans

DESIGNING: Bangalow Designers Market exhibitor Francesca Rockette
DESIGNING: Bangalow Designers Market exhibitor Francesca Rockette Veda Dante

NORTH Coast artisans are putting the finishing touches to collections that will soon transform Bangalow Heritage House into a sensory design hub.

Now in its second year, Bangalow Designers' Market (BDM) will showcase everything from children's clothing and vintage furniture to wireless speakers and letterpress printing.

While most designers live within 100km of Byron Bay, co-founder Karen Gee said they avoided implementing too many rules "because then you just have to break them".

"We love to include people who may inspire, so we keep an open mind when we receive applications and are always on the lookout for new talent," she said.

Gee and friend Meredith Barry founded BDM in 2012 as a way to support emerging talent and to enable designers to "make a living from what they are good at and enjoy".

Francesca Rockette said the boutique market was an important outlet, both creatively and economically, for local artists.

"It has a strong emphasis on handmade and locally designed, which attracts a certain clientele that understands and appreciates pieces that are not mass produced," she said. "I think it's really important more people shop because less is more!"

The Bangalow Designers Market will be held at Bangalow Heritage House on September 20 from 8am-3pm.

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